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Arts / Entertainment

Fall Dance Concert

November 11, 2011

The Guest Artist project brings alumni back 'into the fold' of the dance program at Colorado State, resulting in collaborations and mentoring of students.

The annual Fall Dance Concert at Colorado State University, featuring guest artists, designers and choreographers, and CSU alumni, students and faculty will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the University Dance Theatre.

The theatre is located in the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington St.  


  • $18 for the public
  • $11 for CSU students
  • $9 for youth under 17

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby; by phone at (970) 491-2787; and online.  Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Alumni and students collaborate

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of innovative contemporary and classical dance featuring collaborative choreographic, design and dance expertise from many special guests.  

CSU dance alumnus Grady Soapes (‘09) returns to campus, creating original choreography for the program; several alumni, including Soapes, Chantel Doyon, Jessica Olin and Karleen Quackenbush, along with current students, will perform the new work entitled “For Now…”.

The alumni guest artist project is “a way for alumni to give back to the dance program,” said Jane Slusarski-Harris, director of the dance program at CSU. “Conversely, we are placing a unique emphasis on building and connecting with our alumni.”  

A soloist at Colorado Ballet for 10 years, Sayaka Karasugi-Ruggles is in her first semester at CSU as a performing arts major.Alumnus serves as mentor

“The department was so great at presenting opportunities to students. The connections that I made here are still following through in my career,” Soapes says. “I think that’s the whole point of being an alumnus and staying connected to the University; to help students succeed and to be a mentor.”

Soapes is dancing in his third season with 3rd Law Dance/Theater where he also serves as administrative assistant to the company. In addition to ongoing study, he performs and teaches extensively and his choreographic works have been featured in CSU’s main stage performances and American College Dance Festivals around the country. 

Dancer conducts masterclasses

Another professional takes the stage at the University Dance Theatre when Andrew Skeels, a dancer with the LesGrands BalletsCanadiens performs “November” set to Alexander Balanescu’s music "Lullaby Dream." This is Mr. Skeels third residency at CSU where, in addition to performing in the Fall Dance Concert, he is conducting masterclasses with CSU students.


The concert also features the CSU Ballet Repertory Ensemble, directed by ballet professor Carol Roderick, performing excerpts from Don Quixote. The piece will feature Sayaka Karasugi-Ruggles, retired Colorado Ballet ballerina turned performing arts major at CSU.  

"It has always been one of my goals to receive a university diploma,” Karasugi-Ruggles says. “I am excited to dance with the other students and to make a contribution to the concert.”  

New LED lighting in theatre

In keeping with CSU’s renowned green initiatives, new technology in lighting is being utilized in the theatre with a highly efficient LED-based system.

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603